Many know the history behind how Lady Elizabeth became the Virgin Queen. Few have dived into the lives of those who we...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Many know the history behind how Lady Elizabeth became the Virgin Queen. Few have dived into the lives of those who were closest to her from when she had the titles of princess, royal bastard, and thorn in Mary’s side. The Queen’s Governess gives us a view into the life of Katherine Chapernowne Ashley, a woman who spent most of her life at court serving some of the most famous names at the time. From her time as a spy for the ambitious Thomas Cromwell till she was named the First Lady of the Bedchamber for Queen Elizabeth, Kat Ashley saw court for what it truly was. A dangerous battle for power. This wonderful story tells readers how she survived.
Kat Ashley is a figure in history mostly known for being the mother figure for a princess who lost her mother at the age of two. She also had a couple famous stays in the infamous tower of London on the behalf of her young royal charge. This wonderful novel lets the reader see what life was like for a servant at court and the battles they had to fight for simple goals like marrying for love and not being labeled a traitor to the crown. During Kat Ashley’s many years at court, life was even more turbulent due to the lack of stability of the royal crown. Mistress Ashley witnessed Anne Boleyn rise to power and watched her fall just as quickly. Her main mission in life was to make sure Anne’s daughter did not come to the same fate as her head strong mother.
As a historical fiction novel, The Queen’s Governess does a wonderful job of giving the reader facts known about this extraordinary woman’s life while keeping you engaged in the story when Karen Harper must use fiction to fill the gaps. As a history buff, one of the things that I love the most are the author notes where Ms. Harper explains why she choose to take the story in a certain direction when history was not clear on Kat Ashley’s background. She gives the reader all scholastic theories on subjects such as Kat’s parentage and the spelling of her married name and explains why she used the information she gave in the story. Even though this novel is a work of fiction, I love the fact that Harper used actual events when available to give the reader a sense of who Kat was in real life. The parts of the story where fiction had to be used due to lack of historical fact or personal conversations, I feel Harper did a wonderful job writing the fictional element to flow perfectly with known fact. It is harder and harder to find novels written about historical figures that are true to the story of the person’s actual life. After reading A Queen’s Governess, I will eagerly look for other titles written by Karen Harper. (less)
When I first saw the series titled Tudor Vampire Chronicles my initial thought was the author wrote these books just f...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
When I first saw the series titled Tudor Vampire Chronicles my initial thought was the author wrote these books just for me. As an avid lover of all things Tudor and someone who enjoys Paranormal Romance almost to the point of obsession, I was ecstatic that someone had combined the two. The latest installment in this wonderful series, Mark of the Rose, has fulfilled my need for vampires running around Henry VIII’s once again.
In the third book of the series we see a shift in characters and an extended time lapse. Rhys Williams has been moved from lovable sidekick to the leading man role. He has been summoned to court by Verity Llewellyn, a lady-in-waiting who serves Queen Jane. She is afraid that someone or something is trying to harm the very pregnant Queen and in turn, the unborn heir of the crown. Verity and Rhys must strengthen alliances, deter enemies, and protect the royal family all while battling the unwanted feelings developing between them.
I love the way Pearce integrated the rich history of the Tudor Monarchy with an action pack adventure lead by the Llewellyn vampire hunters. She uses actual event and spins them masterfully to fit well in the tales that she telling. Her fictitious take on all the Tudor Monarchs is well written and believable from what we know of them through history. Rhys shines when he is placed in a situation but has issues with restraint when chivalry is being tested. Verity is a strong willed and sometimes stubborn woman who is out to prove she is just as powerful as her notorious cousin, Rosalind. When the two personalities clash, it brings nothing but entertainment for the reader.
I have been a fan of this series since the release of the first book and continue to love the world Kate Pearce has spun for the enjoyment of her readers. I hope we get a chance to see all the character grow over many more books and wonder how the vampires will shape the lives of the Tudors I have always loved. (less)
Most know of the infamous French Queen whose spending habits were to blame for the fall of the French Monarchy but few...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Most know of the infamous French Queen whose spending habits were to blame for the fall of the French Monarchy but few realize that he amazing story started when she was the pampered youngest daughter of the Queen of Austria. Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey tells the story of how a small child was groomed to be the first lady of one of the most powerful countries at that time.
This fictional adaptation of the early life of Marie Antoinette relays that the young archduchess’ life was not a fairy tale as many would believe. Many historical facts appear through out the story informing the readers to the trials and tribulations that a young child had to endure in order to please her mother and her future family. Once she was married and whisked off to a foreign country, future Queen of France suffered severe culture shock and constant ridicule from those who surrounded her at the court of Versailles.
This is a wonderful tale of what a person had to overcome to please all those around her and adapt to foreign surroundings. The time frame of this first installment of what is to be a trilogy is from her childhood in Austria to when she has become Queen. I personally feel this is the most interesting time of Marie Antoinette’s life since the person she is to become is molded during these precious years. The story telling of Juliet Grey flows seamlessly as we learn of actual events in the young Monarch’s life. The budding romance between Marie and her beloved husband Louis, is told in such a way that you picture the shy beauty trying to win the affection of her awkwardly anti-social groom. This is a wonderful story for anyone who is interested in learning about the rise of Marie Antoinette or for novice historians out there who enjoy reading historical fiction centered around their favorite people of history.(less)
Britt MacKinnon must follow the orders of his King even if he does not like it. When he is told to fetch the King’s fa...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Britt MacKinnon must follow the orders of his King even if he does not like it. When he is told to fetch the King’s favorite mistress from her family home, Britt makes the journey even though he knows the King’s time is best spent in the bed of his new wife. The person he finds at the small farm looks like the beautiful paramour but acts like a different person entirely. It doesn't take him long to discover that his initial suspicion was correct.
Geneen Armstrong has a family problem that only she can solve. Her twin sister has found herself with child by the King of Scotland. She knows that if the pregnancy is ever discovered her sister’s life, and her own will be in jeopardy. Only solution is to travel to the royal court and pretend to be her flirtatious sister until it is evident that she is not with child. What Geneen did not expect is to fall head over heals for the dashing knight who was to escort her to court.
The King’s Mistress is a wonderful story of mistaken identity, chivalry, and the power of attraction. Blair uses a classic historical plot and throws in twists and turns that are unexpected. The powerful presence for the leading man takes your breath away and leaves you craving another scene. The strong heroine makes you love her for everything she is willing to do for her family. She tries to handle situations on her own but is flawable and tends to find herself in a position of needing rescuing. The leads make a perfect pair and leave the reader cheering them on through out the story. They grow as individuals through out the story as well as into a couple that is stronger when together. The ending shows that you can have your happily ever after and still handle any situation that may arise. I would suggest this story to any historical fiction lover. (less)
After what seems to be endless war, the country of Maldania has finally won peace at great cost to the royal family an...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
After what seems to be endless war, the country of Maldania has finally won peace at great cost to the royal family and the people they are suppose to protect. Now that the borders are safe from foreign evasion, it is up to the sole living heir to rebuild his family. Prince Sevastian Maksimi must travel to neighboring England to find a bride who will one day be the Queen of Maldania. It is the duty he must perform for the health of his country if he likes the young lady or not.
Grier Hadley has always know she was the illegitimate daughter of some unknown man but she ignored the taunts of the other children because she knew her step-father loved her as if she was his own. Life was difficult after the man she called papa passed away but she did what she had too to survive. Her world was turned upside down when her true father, a wealthy ring leader of London’s underworld, appears in her life and persuades her to enter London’s social scene. He promises her a respectable husband with the dowry he offers to the gentleman who marries her despite her tainted bloodline.
Wicked in your arms is a story of first impressions gone array and opposites attracts. Sevastian see a peasant in fancy dresses when he looks upon Grier and she sees a stuck up man who has had the silver spoon treatment all his life. Even though neither can stand the other the attraction between them is hard to deny. This story was a wonderful read filled with humor, passion and lust for someone you know you can not have. The characters personality and circumstances have you rooting for them till the end. An excellent first book to what I see becoming a must read series. (less)
We are each dealt certain cards in life. Cicely Waters has to deal with what she was dealt in this life as well as you...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
We are each dealt certain cards in life. Cicely Waters has to deal with what she was dealt in this life as well as your past life. She has always known that she was one of the magic-born. What she didn't know is that she is also one of the shifting Fae and the reincarnation of the daughter of her mortal enemy, the winter Fae queen. Now the love of her lives, the current and her past is in the control of the winter queen, Cicely must do everything in her power to save her soul mate from turning as dark and cold as the endless winter that hold the small town of New Forest, Washington. To add to her troubles, it seems the demon who has laid dormant within her friend Kaylin since his birth has decided to wake up and take over his mind and soul. With so much at stake Cicely must reach out to make new alliances while keeping old alliances from breaking apart.
Night Veil is the continuation of the Indigo Court Series by Yasmine Galenorn. The book begins right where the first left off. Action packed with adventure and conflicts, this novel will have the reader turning pages long after bed time. The bond that is formed between the array of characters is uplifting and strong. You can not help but feel for the group of mismatched friends as they face trials of enormous caliber. Night Veil is a perfect read for any fantasy lover who likes a side of action/adventure in their stories. (less)
Frankie has seen her life fall apart and can watch it over and over again since she had a massive freak out on live TV...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Frankie has seen her life fall apart and can watch it over and over again since she had a massive freak out on live TV when she discovered her husband of 18 years was cheating on her with someone named Bamby... spelled with a “y.” Left with nothing, thanks to the pre-nup she signed to show how much she loved the bugger, Frankie was now hibernating in the guest room of her elderly Aunt Gail. She would still be there if it wasn't for the noisy daughter of one of Gail’s friends. Now she is sitting in a dinner trying everything in her power not to get a job as a prep chef. The only positive thing about this situation is the fact that the guy interviewing her looks like he could be a Greek god. Too bad he insists on hiring her.
Burning down the spouse is an emotional story that is lightened by hilarious one liners and charming situations. For the entire novel the reader feels sympathy for what Frankie was going through and what she had to do just to survive the day. At the same time, it is difficult not to laugh at the humor that is on every page. Towards the end, the reader will wonder how the main characters were able to find themselves is such outlandish situation that still seem like they could happen in real life.
The shimmering jewel of this novel are the supporting characters. I loved the main characters, Frankie and Nickos but it was Nickos’ family that stole my heart. Every time his mother graced the page I found myself waiting to see what wonderful things she would say next, usually in broken English. They are the family that everyone wished they had growing up. Especially when mama is swinging her favorite rolling pin at the bad Mitch. If you are looking for a novel that perfectly balances serious with comedy, Burning down the spouse is the book for you. (less)
Double standards plague well bred young ladies in Georgian England. They are to act in a manner that protects their re...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Double standards plague well bred young ladies in Georgian England. They are to act in a manner that protects their reputation while the gentlemen of society can do as they well please. When it is time to marry, there is little they can do to attract the attention of the gentleman who holds their heart. Julianne Gatewick could not sit back and watch her brother’s bestfriend, the Earl of Hawkfield, from afar any longer. Knowing that Hawk avoids the topic of marriage like he would the plague, Julianne takes matters into her own hands and seduces the scoundrel.
How to seduce a Scoundrel is the second book in Vicky Dreiling’s How to series. Hawk has an extensive reputation of being a rake but that does not stop Julianne. She has turned down twelve proposals for marriage with hopes that her dashing Earl will see the folly of his ways and realize that she is the lady for him. The major problems are of course the fact that hawk has known her since she was a child and that he is her brother’s best friend which makes her off limits. She hopes that the time they spend together as guardian and charge will open his eyes to the woman that she has become.
When Julianna realizes that she is not the only lady who is having troubles catching the man of her dreams she places her crystal clear reputation on the line to write a pamphlet that will aid others in seducing a scoundrel. Only problem is if her tips do not work in her personal dilemma, how can she suggest others to try them.
This was an enchanting story of glorious balls and horrendous poetry readings. The reader can’t help but fall for Hawk’s charm and humor. Julianna is a budding heroine who stumbles every now and then when she lets her heart take over her brain. The forbidden courtship will make you laugh in sections and sigh in others. A wonderful read for those who like flawed fairy tales. (less)
Fans have been following Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series since 2001 with the release of Bitten. The series brings...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Fans have been following Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series since 2001 with the release of Bitten. The series brings the readers on adventures with many different paranormal entities including werewolves, vampires, and half-demons. The latest release, Spell Bound, follows a young lady we have watched grow up since the age of twelve. The infamous Savannah Lavine has grown from a gawky teenager into a beautiful young woman who happens to be one of the most powerful supernatural beings in the world. But what will she do when her number one assets is removed from her arsenal?
Spell Bound starts immediately at the conclusion of the previous book, Waking the Witch. She assumed the issues she just resolved closed the book on that case, but she was wrong. And now she would suffer because he spell casting abilities have disappeared in thin air. Savannah and Adam soon discover that the enemy they discounted on their previous case was still very much in the picture and had them at a disadvatage. Savannah now has to solve the mystery behind the Supernatural Liberation Movement while trying to figure out what happened to her powers. All of this without getting those around her that she loves injured or worse, killed.
This story is filled with the characters we have grown to love through out the series. Many of the past stories came back into play. It was a joy to relive all the personalities we have met along the way and watching them interact. My favorite has to be when Savannah and Cassandra trade witty remarks about each other's character. The most important part of the story is watching Savannah grow from the spoiled teenager into a mature member of the team. She makes mistakes through out the adventure but truly tries to remedy her mistakes. We also get to see the relationship between Savannah and Adam blossom from undeniable friendship into something more.
I have always been a fan of Savannah. She is an intelligent and powerful character within the world that Armstrong has created. I enjoy being able to follow her as more then a secondary character. Since the news that this series will be taking a hiatus after the next book, named 13, I will be interested to see where Armstrong decides to end the story. One thing is for sure. I will be at the store on release day so I can find out how it all ends. (less)
I tend to stay away from anthologies but I just love the novellas written by Kelley Armstrong. Within this batch I would have to say my favorite are B...moreI tend to stay away from anthologies but I just love the novellas written by Kelley Armstrong. Within this batch I would have to say my favorite are Bewitched and Beginnings. I love being able to see how the love stories of Eve/Krisoff and Clay/Elena began. It also gives you insight into characters who have been secondary in majority of the books. Tales of the Otherworld is a great read for any fan of the series. (less)
I had the opportunity to meet Vicky at the Dreamin in Dallas writers’ convention. She told me the premise of her book and I was intrigued so I bought...moreI had the opportunity to meet Vicky at the Dreamin in Dallas writers’ convention. She told me the premise of her book and I was intrigued so I bought it. I had no idea how wonderful of a story was hiding under the steamy cover. I wish I had picked it up to read long ago.
The “bachelor” theme within the book was a little odd at first but I think she was able to form it to the time period very nicely. I was looking forward to what the next test/meeting would be. I fell in love with Tessa, the main character of the story. Her mission in life is to make sure everyone around her is taken care of, even if it means sacrificing her own happiness. I love how strong she is throughout the book, even if it led her to make some bad decisions. Tristan, our headstrong Duke, is my ideal guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out Vicky was creeping around in my dreams when she wrote his character up. He loves to have fun but knows when honor and duty must take front stage. The chemistry between Tristan and Tessa is wonderfully written and the humor had me laughing out loud in numerous places. If you enjoy a witty historical romance, you will love How to marry a Duke! (less)
Ean Hemming and Rhiannon Quinn both dream of the time they spent in Germany that short winter so many years ago. They found each o...moreHowl by Lisa Pietsch
Ean Hemming and Rhiannon Quinn both dream of the time they spent in Germany that short winter so many years ago. They found each other but did not trust their instincts and didn't think they could trust the other with the true reason they were in the Europe. After years of pinning for a memory, fate brings them to the Arcana Royale Casino. Only if they would stop believing in ghosts and trust their senses.
I enjoyed the back story of this tale. Ean’s presence demands attention when he is on the page. Rhiannon’s determination draws the reader into her cause. I believe this story would of worked better as a full length novel instead of a novella. The story seem choppy and rushed do to the amount of information that was needed and the timeline the story covered. I also have an issue with the way the story ended, or I should say a lack of an ending. I know a big fade at the moment in YA literature is to leave a cliff hanger ending but it has never settled well with me. I don't think a novella should ever end without some resolution. I know it is suppose to make the reader want to read more of the series but it just leaves a sour taste in my mouth. The overall idea has potential but in the current condition, not one of my favorite stories. I would give Howl 2.5 Stars
Dissolve by K.F. Zuzulo
Lena Barak is on a mission to find her missing sister Delilah. As expected, she discovers her sister being held against her will at the Arcana Royale Casino.What she didn't expect was to have a strong pull of emotion towards Arel, one of Delilah’s captors. Will Lena be able to rescue her sister while dealing with urge to get to know Arel on a more personal level?
What I loved about this story the most was the use of genies as the main paranormal characters. The genie just doesn't get enough screen time in today's obsession with vampires and shifters. The characters draw the reader into the story. The mythology is fresh and makes me want to learn more about the middle eastern lore mentioned through out the story. The only part of the story that made me pause was how abruptly the story moved into a love scene. One moment the characters were fighting, the next Lena was all over him. Even if she could sense that he was telling her the truth I don't think it is very plausible her next step would of been to jump his bones. I would give Dissolve 3.5 Stars
Soulgirls by Heather Long Main Characters: Jeannie Williams Malcolm Reynolds
The casino shows are full of gilts and glamour with the intention to mesmerize and the viewer. Arcana Royale is no exception. So when Malcolm Reynolds sat at his table to watch the Midnight Mystery Lounge’s Circus of the Sinister he expected all the stops. What he didn't expect was to fall under the spell of the headliner Pandora’s spell.
I loved this story. It was well thought out and kept me entertained from the word go. Jeannie Williams, aka Pandora, wore her tragedy with grace but kept a tight hold on hope when she realized that that not all was lost. Malcolm knew what he wanted and wouldn't let anything stop him from keeping it. The couple together just made the pages sizzle. I loved the pop culture references through out the story. The mention of vampire mythology for many of today’s popular series was a beautiful touch. I was happy that the story was tied up nicely at the end. If the author was never to write about these characters again, I would still be happy with the novella. But I trully hope she will visit the wonderful world she has created within the theatre and let us explore more around the Circus of the Sinister. Overall I give Soulgirls 4.5 stars.(less)
It seems Cat and Bones can’t catch a break. Even though they have stopped a civil war between paranormal entities, a n...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
It seems Cat and Bones can’t catch a break. Even though they have stopped a civil war between paranormal entities, a new dilemma has presented itself . The ghost of Heinrich Kramer, the leading witch hunter of his day, has been targeting females to brutally murder on All Hallows Eve. He has been unobstructed for centuries but this year one factor has changed. Cat Crawford knows who he is and what he has been doing.
One Grave at a Time starts off immediately where the series ended in the last book. Cat is dealing with the losses from the battle and the change of leadership over her old team at the compound. If having to figure out how to kill someone who has been dead for centuries isn't enough to deal with, it seems the government has thrown a wrench in her life in the form of Jason Madigan, who presents himself as a operations consultant. He proves to be nothing but a thorn in Cat’s side.
The newest addition to the Night Huntress series continues to provide us with the humor, action and the steaminess fans have fallen in love with in the past books. We get to see most of the characters we can’t live without, with the exception of Mencheres and Vlad. The adventures the readers anticipate when reading one of Jeaniene’s books are present and then some. The character interaction is priceless, especially when you add Ian in the mix. The most memorable new character introduced would have to be flamboyant medium Tyler, who seems to have a liking for super attractive vampires and isn't afraid to show it. The fans of the series will not be disappointed with the continuation of the story and will most likely be begging for more. (less)
Life for a well bred lady in Victorian England holds very few milestones to look forward to. What happens when you fin...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Life for a well bred lady in Victorian England holds very few milestones to look forward to. What happens when you find out that your breeding is not as great as you and society have been lead to believe? This is the question that brought Arianne’s world down around her when her brothers informed her that the uncaring man she called father was no one to her other then her mother’s husband. The original Duke of Bedford had many faults, including the inability to sire children. The Duchess relied on a local farmer to help her with the duty of providing the Duke with an heir. Now Arianne’s brother, William is the Duke of Bedford. The issue of her parentage can be nothing more then a family secret. That is until she decides to tell the man she believes she loves, the truth before the announcement of their engagement. After proving her love to the Baron in the most intimate way, Arianne is devastated and ruined when the Baron announces his engagement to another woman.
Afraid of the ridicule she will face when the news that she lost her innocence to the man who did not want to marry her, Arianne removes her self from society to hide in seclusion at her brother’s London town home. The opportunity to help discover the murder of a family friend brings her back in the public eye. It helps that she has to travel to the United States and away from the gossips of British Society. The gentleman, if he could be called that, accompanying her is a Irish rogue with the unique skill of blending into most environments. Could this lower class man hold the attributes Arianne craves most in a man?
Redeeming the Rogue is a wonderful story that shows us first impressions are not always what they seem. The story is witty and mysterious until the last page. The reader feels for the social implications of Arianne’s choices and understands why she makes certain decisions throughout the book. Our hero may be rough around the edges but is easy to cheer on as he tries to wins Arianne’s heart. The secondary characters add humor to otherwise serious matters making this an enjoyable read. (less)
Life on earth can get a bit boring. Especially when you have been exiled to the planet since what modern people call t...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Life on earth can get a bit boring. Especially when you have been exiled to the planet since what modern people call the ancient times. An ordinary mission to stop a woman from committing suicide opens the door for the biggest adventure that the exiled angel Xandir has had in centuries. He realizes that not everything is as it seems, even when you are an angel.
The Last Archangel is a fast paced adventure with a wonderful back story filled with historical events and theological references. The reader is brought into many worlds with unique and imaginative cultures all their own. We get to peek into the life of cherubs in heaven as well as those who are being punished for their sins on the outskirts of hell. The multiple character point of views gives the reader a chance to decipher the story’s clues from different perspectives. You automatically feel for the main female character Eden, as you watch her dream life fall apart at the seams . The character that was a pleasant surprise to connect with was Xander, the destroyer angel. He not only has the mission of punishing those who deserve justice but he also gives mercy to those who are innocent. He is able to determine which is necessary in the situation put upon him with the help of the swords he always carries with him. The choices he must make throughout the story highlight the fact that everything is not black and white in situations. As the wielder of such powerful tools he must also make decisions that affect the lives of those he is meant to protect.
If you are looking for a story that magnifies the fact that life is filled with choices that will affect others in ways that can be considered good and bad, The Last Archangel is the book for you. It will make you think before you praise or fault those around you for the decisions they have made in their lives. (less)
Some people strive for greatness and power. Others are born in a position where power is at their fingertips along wit...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Some people strive for greatness and power. Others are born in a position where power is at their fingertips along with duty, even if they like it or not. Alera, the Princess of Hytanica, her father’s heir has difficult choices to make based on what is best for her country. Even if they are the opposite of what her heart wishes to happen.
Legacy is a wonderfully descriptive Historical Fantasy that follows seventeen year-old Alera through the important milestone of declaring who her husband will be on her eighteenth birthday. This young man will not only marry a princess but in turn will become the King of their country. Since women are meant to be seen, not heard, her choice of a husband has higher implication then just who makes her happy. He must meet all the requirements her father and countrymen require within a King. There is a perfect candidate who also has the knack of making all the ladies swoon. Too bad the thought of him makes Alera aggravated and annoyed.
The hard choices come to light when a mysterious stranger is hurdled into Hytanica’s elite society. He is intelligent, rugged, and devilishly handsome. He teaches Alera that women are worth more then just an ornament that is to hang on a gentleman’s arm. He is not, however, the type of man the country would accept as King.
The theme of this novel is the right to choose. Every choice a person makes has the ability to affect those around them. Does a person choose for the good of the public or for their personal happiness? Having to make such difficult choices at the young age of seventeen takes its toll on the young princess. She stumbles at times when her need to be young and adventurous overtakes the desire to show her father that she will in deed make a respectful queen in the future. It does not help that her beloved country is trying to defend themselves from a neighboring country that would like nothing other then Hytancia to crumble into nothing. With a country on the brink of war, will she choose the man who holds her heart or the choice of the kingdom?(less)
Many believe that the myths and stories we grow up hearing are based on fact in some form or fashion. Some of those st...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Many believe that the myths and stories we grow up hearing are based on fact in some form or fashion. Some of those stories seem so outlandish that a level minded person could not possibly believe they are based on actual events. Tyler Locke is an educated, level minded person but he find himself in a life or death situation that depends on him finding King Midas’ tome and the source of Midas’ touch. Locke and TV personality Stacy Benedict have been blackmailed into finding a treasure that they believe could not exist. The lives of Locke’s father and Benedict’s sister is the price for failure.
The Vault offers gut turning suspense, page turning action, and mind bending riddles. Armed with ancient clues from the famed Greek inventor Archimedes, the reader is taken on a whirlwind adventure that stretches from North America to Europe. Armed with a combination of whit and braun, the characters revisit historical artifacts and discover the lost history behind them.
I love books that make you think. The is exactly what The Vault makes you do. Through out the story, you will be driven to decipher the clues and recount what you remember from your history lessons. The book also reminds you that just because a fact is written in history books does not mean it is a true account of what happened. Myths and legends were passed from one generation to another by people who may have had ulterior motives to change a small detail or a major fact to further a certain cause. Legends that have been exaggerated to seem impossible may have been created from a simpler story that can be confirmed through science. The Vault makes you think about other stories you may have grown up hearing and wonder if they too could be based on actual events. (less)
Melissa Marr has found success with her YA Wicked Lovely series. She is now branching out with a Gothic mystery with a...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Melissa Marr has found success with her YA Wicked Lovely series. She is now branching out with a Gothic mystery with a touch of horror. Graveminder, her first adult novel, is about twenty-something Rebekkah Barrow. She has been afraid of commitment and love since senior year of high school when her step-sister Ella, and then her step-father died. She has been roaming from town to town until she heard the worse news of her life. Her beloved grandmother has died drawing her back to the small town of Claysville. She has never wanted to admit that she considered the small odd town home or that she was and is still in love with one one person she always thinks of, Byron.
Expecting a normal visit to attend a funeral, Rebekkah’s world is turned up side down. She always knew Claysville had odd traditions when it came to death and burial. She did not expect to find out something was attacking the citizens of the sleepy little town. Now Rebekkah and Byron are the only thing standing in the ways of more senseless deaths. They can work together if they could get over angst of love not forgotten and her fear to admitting how she truly feels.
Graveminder is a great gateway book from YA into adult. The first love angst is strong but the novel deals with adult situations. The mystery built into the story will keep you reading into the early hours of the morning. The build that builds within the pages is imaginative and well developed. I felt connected with Byron. Throughout the story, he knew what he wanted and he never stopped trying to achieve it. No matter what Rebekkah threw his way, he stayed strong, supportive, and wouldn’t let her fears through him off track. He is the type of male character I feel teenage girls should base their personal choice on for a significant other. Byron is unique in a sea of bad boys.
A book is suppose to draw the reader into the world presented on the pages. Marr has achieved this nicely. Graveminder will be on my list of suggested books for my friends.
Life is difficult with one voice in your head. Imagine if you had two! Cia is an incarnate. She was born with a new an...moreReview from www.FreshFiction.com
Life is difficult with one voice in your head. Imagine if you had two! Cia is an incarnate. She was born with a new and old soul. Her new soul is level headed, realistic, and thinks before she acts. Her old soul tends to let her emotions lead her actions. That's not hard to understand when her old soul, Boudicca, died protecting her people in ancient Britain from the invading Romans. Life can be difficult for Cia though when the two voices in her mind cannot agree on their next course of action.
Cia lives to protect humanity from the evils of heaven and hell. Her life force is connected to a portal that leads straight to hell. If a demon escapes from her portal, her life ends on the spot. Things have been quite for the past ten years and she likes it that way, but when she gets a phone call from her boss, Michael, her world is flipped upside down. The love of her life and estranged husband, Arthur, is being accused of murdering other incarnates. She has been charged with finding him before the council’s hit man, the wrath, does or Arthur will be killed in the worse way imaginable. She will have to make the choice of the man she loves or to uphold her duty to mankind.
I was immediately drawn into the world that A.C. Ruttan developed within this story. The warriors she has developed intrigued me from the get go. There is so much conflict within Cia and what she must do that I immediately felt sorry for her and was hoping everything would work out in the end. The history that was introduced by the older souls hit a note with my love for history. The fact that many of the souls in the story were members of the historical Tudor family was a bonus. I have never read characters based on Henry, Arthur, Mary and Anne setup in such a manor. It was refreshing and enjoyable. I have been enthralled by the world of the Portal Keepers and I hope that we will see book two in the very near future. (less)